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“Your Call Is Important To Us…”

Posted: April 17th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

We are currently busy with other callers and will be with you shortly . . .

I really hate our new phone hold message . . . and so do those who use our services . . .  but we had to make the change to reflect our new reality.

For the past three years, the IPC has been the classic story of a struggling non-profit public health service faced with an increasing need for services while coming to grips with rapidly declining support from funding agencies.  In response to the loss of funding, the Illinois Poison Center has had to make difficult staffing changes to bring expenses in line with the new lower revenues.  The need for poison center services however, has increased tremendously in this same period of time, leading to a difficulty in meeting the needs of the Illinoisans we serve. Read more »


IPC: Providing Toxicology Consults in Illinois

Posted: March 15th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
Cardiologist:  a specialist in the structure and function and disorders of the heart
Neurologist:  a medical specialist in the nervous system and the disorders affecting it
Nephrologist: a physician who specializes in diseases of the kidneys.
Medical Toxicologist: a specialist on the care of patients exposed to potentially hazardous or poisonous substances

The practice of medicine is an increasingly complex academic discipline, and much like raising a family, sometimes it ‘takes a village’ of specialists to provide the best, most timely care available.  Read more »


The Latest Buzz about Kids, Teens and Caffeinated Energy Drinks

Posted: March 8th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

If that second cup of coffee you just had doesn’t keep you awake tonight, here’s something that might.  A recent issue of Pediatrics reviewed the effects of caffeine and energy drinks on children, adolescents, and young adults and found several concerning conclusions.

Did you know that over 500 new energy drink products were marketed worldwide in the last year? Also, did you know that these products are NOT regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? Because of this lack of regulation, there is no maximum dose of caffeine in energy drinks. These products can contain high amounts of caffeine, a nervous system stimulant that is commonly found in your morning coffee, tea, and soft drinks.  While caffeinated products may claim to increase exercise endurance and improve mood and memory, they are not without adverse effects, especially at higher doses.   Read more »